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School of Advanced Studies (SAS) is an elite honors college that features the most talented and highly motivated students from Russia and abroad in dialogue across the social sciences and humanities, life sciences and IT. It is a key institution at the University of Tyumen (UTMN) — a member of the Russian Academic Excellence Project 5top100. At SAS, we provide a unique opportunity of getting an innovative international undergraduate degree taught in English.

Every year, we look for outgoing and intellectually engaged English-speaking international students willing to challenge themselves studying in an American liberal arts college environment, while exploring Siberia and Russia in general.

(01) Why a Bachelor’s degree at SAS?

  • A multidisciplinary curriculum of Liberal Arts & Sciences education;
  • An international education: 20+ full-time professors from 17 countries and 30+ visiting professors from all around the world, most of them having received their PhDs from the world’s top 100 universities;
  • The choice between 7 majors at the end of the second year;
  • An option to add one of the 9 minors;
  • Interactive classes with less than 15 students;
  • Study in English: no knowledge of Russian is required;
  • An opportunity to see the real Russia: experience Siberian lifestyle in the Russian capital for oil and gas industry; Tyumen is an edgy and dynamic city full of young people and an enriching social environment.

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(03) How to Apply

Interested international candidates can enter an SAS BA program in two ways:

The three scholarships include a full tuition fee waiver for the program's entire duration, visa support, health insurance, and a guaranteed place in a recently renovated, affordable dormitory.

Step 1. Read the call and check the requirements.
If you have any questions please contact us. However, we encourage you to read our FAQ section first.
Make sure you apply not later than January 24, 2021.
After the application is submitted, the SAS Expert Board reviews all applications and selects the finalists for an interview.
The interview is conducted by at least two members of the SAS Expert Board and is focused on your English language skills, interdisciplinary mindset, and broad interests.

In March 2021, the SAS Expert Board will inform successful candidates that they are recommended for the scholarship. The Board will also create a waiting list according to the results of the interviews.

The scholarship award is conditional upon successful completion of the entrance exams (online or on-campus). If a person recommended for the scholarship fails them, the scholarship might be transferred to the next candidate on the waiting list.

You need to neither know Russian nor pass exams in Russian to apply to SAS, as opposed to most Russian universities. In March 2021, you will be invited to take the entrance exams in English (online or on-campus) — 1) The English language test, 2) Essay, 3) Interview — to enter the Arts and Humanities educational track in case of their successful completion. FAQ: Why not the other educational track?

Reminder: It does not matter what educational track you get admitted to: all students take the same courses during the first two years. Аt the end of the second year, you will be able to switch your major.

In case the entrance exams are successfully passed, you will receive confirmation about the scholarship award.

Please note that you cannot continue participating in the contest if the entrance exams are failed, so the scholarship might be transferred to the next candidate on the waiting list.

We expect you to accept the scholarship award within three working days; otherwise, it might be transferred to the next candidate on the waiting list. Please note that the order for admission will be issued not earlier than June 18, 2021, i.e., when the official admission campaign starts (June 18 — August 14, 2021).
Before you come to Tyumen, you must make sure you have a full set of documents ready and in hands. You are expected to be in Tyumen by August 23, 2021. The academic year starts on September 1, 2021. In case the borders are closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we will organize your studies online until you can physically come to us.
SAS offers seven educational tracks, which correspond to contemporary practices in relevant disciplines at world-class universities.

Entrance exams: You need to neither know Russian nor pass exams in Russian to apply to SAS, as opposed to most Russian universities. From March to August 2021, you will be able to take the entrance exams in English (online or on-campus) — 1) The English language test, 2) Essay, 3) Interview — to enter the Arts and Humanities educational track in case of their successful completion. FAQ: Why not the other educational track?

Reminder: It does not matter what educational track you get admitted to: all students take the same courses during the first two years. Аt the end of the second year, you will be able to switch your major.

Tuition fees: The tuition fees for all seven programs are 275,000.00 RUB per year (~3,700.00 USD). Every six months, SAS chooses its best students. The first 15 people on the rating receive a 100-percent discount for the next six months of their studies, while students placed between the 16th and the 30th positions receive a 50-percent discount.

Application deadlines: Applications are accepted on a rolling basis with no admission fee from February 1 to August 14, 2021. The link to the online application form will be added here at the end of January 2021. International applicants wishing to study at SAS in the academic year 2021/22 are strongly advised to apply not later than June 20, 2021, to ensure enough time for admissions and visa proceedings.
The Admission Committee checks if your documents are in order. In case they are, you are invited to take entrance exams.
See Step 2 and FAQ: What minimum amount of points must I receive for the entrance exams to be enrolled?

If a) you have taken entrance exams between March 1 and June 17, 2021, and b) you have got enough points to study at SAS, you will receive a conditional offer of admission. You will be able to accept it during the official admission campaign — between June 18 and August 14, 2021.

After the conditional offer of admission is accepted, you must pay for your studies. Please note that the order for admission will not be issued until you pay for at least six months of your studies. Orders for admission are not issued after August 31, 2021.

Before you come to Tyumen, you shall prepare a full set of documents for the enrollment ready and in hands. You are expected to be in Tyumen by August 23, 2021. The academic year starts on September 1, 2021. In case the borders are closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we will organize your studies online until you can physically come to us.

(04) FAQ

The minimum GPA score shall be 4.0 (on a 5.0 scale).

The minimal English test scores are the following: IELTS — 6.0, TOEFL — 88.

You do not need to know Russian if you want to study at SAS.

Yes, we will organize an introductory course.

It takes around a week (from the date of the request) for an Admission Committee to decide if your documents are in order and you can take the entrance exams.

For now, the Arts and Humanities educational track is the only educational track which exams that can be officially conducted in English. You can enter the other educational track only by taking the entrance exams in Russian. Consider this option if you are the Foundation Year Program alumni. However, it does not really matter what educational track you get admitted to: all students take the same courses during the first two years. Аt the end of the second year, you will be able to switch your major.

The Arts and Humanities educational track (exams conducted in English):
(01) The English language test: not less than 60 out of 100 points;
(02) Essay: not less than 55 out of 100 points;
(03) Interview: not less than 55 out of 100 points.
Other educational tracks
(exams conducted in Russian): check the requirements here.

Yes, you need a student visa to study in Russia. We will be able to provide you with an invitation letter only after you are officially enrolled at the University of Tyumen. It takes 21 working days (from the date the International Relations Department submits your documents at the Federal Migration Service) for it to be issued.

There are more than five daily connections from the Moscow airports to Tyumen. The flight takes 2,5 hours. Sheremetyevo (SVO) to Tyumen: Aeroflot. Domodedovo (DME) to Tyumen: S7 Airlines, Yamal, and Ural Airlines. Vnukovo (VKO) to Tyumen: Utair. Check the Aviasales website (a Russian equivalent of the Skyscanner online travel agency) to find the best option. Tyumen is well-connected to the most major Russian cities by train. The ticket from Moscow to Tyumen costs ~5,000.00 RUB (~80.00 USD). The ride takes about 30 hours. Check the Russian Railways website.

Tyumen’s climate is very changeable and is significantly different from the weather typical for Central Russia. In general, it is classified as a humid continental climate. Winter in Tyumen lasts from three to four months. Summer lasts for about three months, but it is quite warm. The average temperature in January is –15ºС / 5°F (the coldest month of the year). The average temperature in July is +24ºС / 75°F (the warmest month of the year).

We recommend you to think carefully about the winter clothes. Make sure you have (or are ready to buy) the following items: a warm jacket, jumpers, a beanie, a pair of gloves, a scarf, thick socks, leggings or thick tights, boots.

Tyumen consistently ranks near the top in Russia for its standard of living, infrastructure, safety, and quality of medical care. If you do not plan to rent an apartment and stay in a dormitory, you need between 20,000.00 RUB and 25,000.00 RUB (between 315.00 USD and 400.00 USD) per month to live well.

Check the cost of living comparison between your city and Tyumen. 

SAS students live in a brand new dormitory in a 15-minute walk from SAS. Check the photos here. Price depends on the room type. It varies from 1800.00 RUB (~30.00 USD) to 2500.00 RUB (~40.00 USD) per month.

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